René Bravo, MD, Physician Representative
René is a pediatrician, having lived and practiced pediatrics here on the Central Coast since 1986. A graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Bravo did his internship and residency at Stanford University Medical Center.
A longtime advocate for children and families, René is currently in private practice in San Luis Obispo. Active in many community endeavors, he has served as the Chief of Pediatrics at Sierra Vista and French Hospitals. He was the past Chief of Staff at SLO General Hospital.
Locally, René has served on many community boards including leadership positions in the American Cancer Society, the Partnership for the Children of San Luis Obispo County and the San Luis Obispo County Foundation for Public Libraries (past-President). He is past Chairman of the State of California’s Medical Drug Use Review (DUR) Board in Sacramento appointed by Gov. Wilson to help design, develop and implement the nation’s largest DUR program for the State’s MediCal recipients.
René is especially passionate about children's health issues and has served as President of the Partnership for the Children of San Luis Obispo County and assisted in the initial vision and development of the Clinic de Tolosa Dental Clinic in Paso Robles serving low income families. He currently serves on the San Luis Obispo County Children and Families Commission (First Five Commission). First Five has been a powerful vehicle to affect children's health and welfare as they work with various entities in the community. He was the founding President of the Children's Health Initiative of San Luis Obispo County, bringing together a widespread coalition of private, public and government organizations to found and support a universal health care network for all children in San Luis Obispo County.
René is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A family man, René lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife and their five sons.
Van Do-Reynoso, MPH, PhD
Van Do-Reynoso was appointed by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors as Public Health Director in August 7, 2017. Van has extensive experience managing county behavioral health and human services programs. Prior to Santa Barbara County, Van served as Madera County’s Public Health Director for seven years following two years as its Assistant Public Health Director. During her tenure as Public Health Director, she also served as the Interim Director of Madera County’s Behavioral Health Department for one year.
Van is deeply committed to public health, public service, and collaboration. She is currently an active member of the Southern California Public Health Alliance and co-chairs the California Chronic Disease Leadership Team. Van is involved with Community Based Participatory Research efforts with colleagues at UC Santa Barbara and UC Merced. She also has extensive experience working at the state level and currently serves on the California Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC) Executive Committee. Her prior experience also includes operations planning with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and extended volunteer public health activities for an orphanage in Mexico.
Supervisor Joan Hartmann
Joan Hartmann has lived in Santa Barbara County part-time since 1999 and full-time since 2004. She served for six years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care network. She also served on the Wildling Museum's Board of Directors, the Fund for Santa Barbara's Grant Making Committee, and the Santa Barbara Foundation's LEAF Advisory Committee.
Joan began her career in the academic world, serving as Director of the Public Policy Program at the Claremont Graduate School; Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Government at Oberlin College; and later as adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at USC. She has also worked in the policy and budget offices and as legal counsel for several federal government agencies.
She has also served in government—with the Congressional Research Service, the Department of the Interior and the U.S. EPA, Region 3 and helped found the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, a novel public private partnership to restore coastal Southern California rivers and wetlands.
She spearheaded the Buellton Urban Growth Boundary initiative which requires a vote of the people before the City can expand its boundaries, the first such initiative in Santa Barbara County. She also advised the Goodland Coalition which successfully campaigned for a similar initiative in Goleta.
She is married to James (Jim) Powell, and has one adult daughter, and two adult stepchildren
Mark P. Lisa, FACHE, CEO, Twin Cities Community Hospital
Mark Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of Twin Cities Community Hospital, a 122-bed acute care facility in Templeton, San Luis Obispo County, California. In this role he coordinates the delivery of health care services for the Tenet Family of Services in Northern San Luis Obispo County.
Mark has served in a variety of industry and civic leadership positions. He currently sits on the Board of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast, and on The Community Foundation of SLO County’s “Growing Together Fund’s Advisory Committee”. From 2010-2012, he served as Section-Chair of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. In 2011 he was the President of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, a Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Martins College, and a Masters in Health Administration from Chapman University College. He is an active member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mark is a Private Pilot, and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoys flying – both on two wheels and on two wings. View Mark's testimonial
Adam Hill, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor
A resident of San Luis Obispo County since 1995, Adam taught literature and writing at Cal Poly for 13 years before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, and subsequently for a second term in 2012. As 3rd District Supervisor, Adam has served and continues to serve in many leadership capacities.
Adam co-chaired the first county-wide public-private Economic Development Project, and served as the founding chair of the San Luis Obispo County Homeless Services Oversight Council. In addition to serving on the CenCal Health Board, Adam also serves as a board member on the Economic Vitality Corporation, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, the San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority, and the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District.
Adam is an avid reader who enjoys listening to music and walking with his two miniature Australian Shepherds, Alice and Nora.
Richard "Michael" Hill, San Luis Obispo County Health Agency Director
Bio to come.
Dan Herlinger, Business Representative
Dan has recently been senior consultant for Arthur S. Shorr & Associates, Inc., a management firm providing business and strategic planning services to hospitals and physicians. He served as President and CEO of CHW Central Coast, overseeing the operations of four hospitals including St. Francis Medical Center and Marian Medical Center. Before this time, he was President and CEO of St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and Vice President of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.
He has been honored with the Regent's Award from the American College of Health Care Executives, and has served as the California delegate to the American Hospital Association. He has also been chairman of the board of the Health Care Association of Southern California and on the board of the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the California Council for Quality and Service, and the California Association of Catholic Hospitals. He served for three years as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award Program.
Dan is active in a number of community organizations including Rotary International, and served on the boards of Ascend Clinical Laboratories, Satellite Healthcare Inc., Cognitive Fitness and Innovative Therapies and Surgical Eye Expeditions, Inc. He is a certified mediator, a health policy advisor to AARP and a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has also served on the Santa Barbara Civil Grand Jury. He received his BS from Loyola University of Chicago, and his MBA in healthcare administration from The George Washington University.
Karen Johnson, Consumer Representative
Karen is a third generation native of Santa Barbara. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1979, but continues to live an active life. She is now retired after 17 years of service for the Special Education Department of Santa Barbara County Schools; incentive program of the Social Security Administration.
Karen has served as the Medi-Cal representative on the CenCal Health Board of Directors since 1995, as well as the Board liaison to the agency’s Community Advisory Board. As a Board member, she represents the interests of consumers who are served by the CenCal Health’s various health plans. She is on the Access Committee with the City of Santa Barbara and the Boards of Directors of Easy Lift Transportation and Pilgrim Terrace Cooperative Homes.
Daniel Nielson, Director, Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services
Daniel is the Director of the Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services, the entity responsible for determining Medi-Cal eligibility for Santa Barbara County residents.
At the time of his appointment to the CenCal Board he had 29 years of non-profit and public sector experience in many aspects of the health and human service field. Daniel's career includes a position with the Community Health Centers, Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was the Project Director of the Health Access Project, providing free specialty and primary health care to the low income uninsured residents of Salt Lake County through a network of over 600 volunteer doctors and 9 hospitals.
Prior to coming to Santa Barbara County in May of 2013 he was the Director of the Health and Human Services Agency in El Dorado County, California. The Agency is comprised of Public Health, Mental Health, Social Services and Community Services.
He received two B.S. degrees in the Behavioral Sciences in 1984 and a Master of Public Administration degree in 2004, all from the University of Utah.
Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, CEO, Sansum Clinic
As CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Sansum Clinic, Kurt oversees the largest outpatient healthcare delivery system in Santa Barbara County and one of the country’s oldest and largest medical foundations.
The nonprofit organization provides advanced technologies and a quality environment for the practice of medicine, with more than 180 staff physicians practicing more than 30 specialties – from pediatrics to geriatrics – at Sansum Clinic’s 20 patient care locations from Carpinteria to Santa Maria.
In its 96th year serving the community, Sansum Clinic provides more than 600,000 outpatient visits each year. And more than 22,000 individuals receive free or highly-subsidized health screenings, health education classes and seminars, or care and treatment through Sansum Clinic’s community benefit and charity care programs.
Kurt joined Sansum Clinic in 1992. Board certified in internal medicine, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and a medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine. He was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine from 1989-1992, and Chief Resident and Clinical Instructor from 1988-1989. Kurt was Chairman of Sansum Clinic’s Internal Medicine Department from 1992-1994, and Assistant Medical Director from 1994-1997. He has been Medical Director since 1997, President since 1998, and CEO since 2002.
Kurt also serves on the board of the CAPG, one of the largest trade associations representing medical groups that practice in advanced delivery models of care.
Richard Roberts, Consumer Representative, Chair
Richard has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Bacteriology & Public Health, Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University. He was a long time employee of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and retired after serving fifteen years as the Director of the Department of Environmental Health Services. He was an active member of several professional National and State Environmental/Public Health Organizations. He was a member, NSF Council of Public Health Consultants; member Underwriters Laboratory Environmental/Public Health Council.
In 1988, after retirement from San Bernardino County, Richard & his wife, Carol, moved to the Central Coast. After a few years as a consultant in Environmental Management, he became actively involved in community service. Sixteen years as the Public Member on the San Luis Obispo County Local Agency Formation Commission; Grover Beach Planning Commission; Founding Board Member of the Clark Center Performing Arts Association; President of the South County Performing Arts Guild; Founding Board Member of the Central Coast Exploration Station, Grover Beach; Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce Board Member and volunteer reporter; and is currently a member of the Board of Directors, Retired Active Men’s Association and the Grover Beach Community Library.
Richard has received several achievement awards including Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce; Earl Mann Spirit Award, Grover Beach Parks & Recreation; with Carol, Grand Marshalls, Grover Beach Holiday Parade; Environmental Health Specialist of the Year, California Environmental Health Association; Davis Calvin Wagner Award (highest award) & Diplomat, American Academy of Sanitarians; Mangold Award (highest award), National Environmental Health Association; Rotarian of the Year, Rotary Club of Grover Beach.
He and his wife enjoy their community service, performing in a ukulele band; hobbies, watercolor art for Carol, woodworking and writing for Richard; time with their extensive family, four children, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and, travel, a good portion in their recreational vehicle.
Lynda Tanner, CEO, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care
Lynda is the President and CEO of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, an organization of more than 370 employees providing hospice, home health, palliative and personal care service programs to more than 15,000 people across Santa Barbara County.
After successfully pressing for legislation to increase end-of-life inpatient beds, in 2011 Ms. Tanner oversaw VNHC’s opening of a new state-of-the-art inpatient hospice facility, Serenity House. She also directed the acquisition of Community Home Health which increased VNHC’s delivery of home health services by 35%, and successfully obtained branch status for a satellite location in Santa Ynez. In 2012, Ms. Tanner oversaw a move to a new location in downtown Santa Barbara with more space to house the growing organization. In 2014, Ms. Tanner helped organize the first annual PHorum Perspectives on Healthcare panel providing leadership on key healthcare priorities in Santa Barbara.
Lynda received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Idaho. She has more than 30 years of experience working in homecare, including working as a consultant and a surveyor for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and as Chief Clinical Executive at Sutter VNA and Hospice.
Lynda is also active in many professional, service, business and community organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA), California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), CenCal Health, the Alliance for Living and Dying Well, and Casa Dorinda. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, quilting, and spending time with family.
Ron Werft, MD, President, CEO Cottage Health
Ron Werft is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cottage Health, a not-for-profit organization providing acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care. With hospitals in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley, Cottage Health offers a broad scope of clinical services. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital serves as a teaching hospital for medical, surgical and radiology residents and a regional referral center for trauma, neurosurgery intervention and pediatric care.
Mr. Werft is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and holds a Masters in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is past chair of the California Hospital Association and Hospital Association of Southern California and serves on the board of Vizient West Coast and is a delegate to the American Hospital Association Region IX Policy Board. His local leadership includes service on the board of directors for Santa Barbara Partners in Education and the steering committee for Fighting Back. He was awarded the 2013 CHA Award of Merit for outstanding contribution to the California healthcare community and the 2015 Walker-Sullivan Fellowship presented by California Health Foundation & Trust.